iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 highlights!
MTV News was there to catch all the action from the star-studded show, which included a much more toned-down performance by our VMA favourite Miley Cyrus. While the starlet reportedly left her foam finger at home and chose to keep her tongue within the confines of her red lipstick toting mouth, she did manage to get smack-happy with a dwarf’s backside and twerk up a storm.
The 20-year-old performed her hit ‘We Can’t Stop’ amidst performers dressed in mushroom, rainbow and flower costumes, while she was dressed in a revealing fur-sleeved white mesh dress complete with black nipple covers.
Fresh off the back of releasing his latest album ‘Nothing Was the Same,’ Drake took the iHeartRadio stage wearing a long-sleeved black t-shirt with a graphic of Jaden Smith’s face – a tribute to the young star’s excited reaction to his performance at the ‘2013 MTV Video Music Awards.’
Drake was introduced by Khloe Kardashian and her younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and performed his tracks ‘Crew Love,’ ‘All Me,’ ‘HYFR’ and ‘The Motto.’ The rapper had a simple stage set, with lasers flashing intermittently against the dimly lit backdrop – and pyrotechnics and smoke machines blasting from both sides of the stage.
To close out his set, Drake kicked it up a notch with a spirited performance of the lead single from his latest record, ‘Started From the Bottom.’
Despite going in a different direction with her latest album ‘Prism,’ Katy Perry took us back in time by opening her iHeartRadio set with ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ before bringing Juicy J on stage for their duet, ‘Dark Horse.’
“I have a record coming out in October, but that doesn’t mean I ain’t going to play the songs you want to hear,” she told the crowd, before kicking into ‘California Gurls,’ ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Firework.’
The singer concluded her 20-minute set with ‘Roar,’ using the same boxing ring set-up as her VMA performance.
Closing out the festival was none other than man-of-the-moment Justin Timberlake, who was introduced to the stage by Floyd Mayweather.
“I was once told to save the best for last,” said the boxer. “I’m honoured to introduce the heavyweight champion of music, Justin Timberlake.”
JT kicked off his energetic set with ‘SexyBack,’ backed by his band, The Tennessee Kids. The crowd-favourite was followed by ‘True Blood’ – one of the tracks from his upcoming record ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’ – and the classic hit ‘Like I Love You,’ for which Timberlake picked up a guitar to play along with the band.
While his ‘Legends of Summer Tour’ buddy Jay Z wasn’t in attendance, the star still treated fans to his vocals from Hov’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ title track, ‘Holy Grail,’ and closed his set with his 2013 hits ‘Take Back the Night,’ ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Suit & Tie.’